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Komets stumble in 3rd, lose

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Komets gave up three unanswered goals in the third period and lost to the Kalamazoo Wings 5-2.

It was Fort Wayne's fourth loss in its last five games.

"The continual parade of penalties to the box caught up to us," said Komets coach Al Sims, whose team was short-handed eight times, giving up two power-play goals.

Josh Armstrong made it 3-2 on a breakaway goal, during a power play, after Colin Chaulk lost track of him. Aaron Clark scored after a pass from behind the net. And Brett Lysak scored during an odd-man rush.

"Pride is not going to fix the penalty kill," Sims said. "The guys who are out there have to get the job done. On that breakaway, there's just no excuse. Everybody knew (Armstrong) would be coming out of the penalty box. Everybody is yelling from the bench. And we get caught. There are no excuses."

Fort Wayne was 1 for 6 on the power play.

Goaltender Kenny Reiter stopped 28 of 33 shots for Fort Wayne. Joel Martin stopped 37 of 29 for the Wings, who lost 4-3 to the Komets on Thursday, when Fort Wayne had three unanswered goals.

"Obviously, we gave up too many penalties throughout the whole game," Chaulk said, "but we can't give up big plays like that. I let him get away there on the breakaway. And we didn't get the puck out of the zone and it led to a backdoor goal (for Clarke). You can't expect your goaltender to make all those saves."

The Komets play host to the Toledo Walleye on Saturday.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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